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Five men of the 4th Buffs died on 4th May 1917. They all have the following in their supplementary information; "Lost in HMT Transylvania".

One of the men (CA Potter) has no other information so I assume that the FVF was not returned. Would it be correct to assume that the "Lost in HMT Transylvania" detail would have been supplied by the War Office for all of the men.

This is how the data was presented by the CWGC.

Italy

SAVONA MEMORIAL

COURTNEAY, Private, A G, 202595. 4th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Lost in H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917. Age 23. Son of Arthur George and Harriet Courtneay, of 50, Radwinter Rd., Saffron Walden, Essex

EWERS, Private, CHARLES, T/202591. 4th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Lost in H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917. Age 32. Son of John Ewers, of Hall Rd., Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex; husband of Mary Ann Ewers

POOLE, Private, JOHN, T/201668. 4th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Lost in H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917. Age 33. Son of John and Esther Poole, of St. John's Green, Writtle, Chelmsford

POTTER, Private, CHARLES ALBERT, T/202484. 4th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Lost in H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917.

SAVONA TOWN CEMETERY

FENNER, Private, H, 202536. 4th Reserve Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Lost in H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917. Age 26. Son of James and Elizabeth Fenner; husband of R. Fenner, of West St., Tollesbury, Es-sex. Born at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon, Essex C.21

Mick

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With men lost aboard ship the additional info about the ships and their demise came from official sources - Admiralty, War Office, Department of Trade and their equivalents in the Dominions.

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Thanks Terry. I knew it wouldn't take you long to answer.

There are a number of entries such as "Drowned at Sea (from HT xxxx)" all with the same format and I've always wondered where the info came from. It was too coincidental to be coming from the NOK

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The SS Transylvania, defensively armed, built 1914, 14,315 grt, was torpedoed on 4th May 1917 by the German U-boat U63 2½ miles S from Cape Vado, Gulf of Genoa, Italy, Mediterranean Sea, She was carrying Government stores and troops from Marseilles to Alexandria, and was owned by Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) Ltd of Glasgow.

Best wishes

David

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  • 13 years later...
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On 06/03/2020 at 20:46, wendy1963 said:

Charles Ewers was my great great  uncle

Welcome to the forum Wendy

 

Feel free to ask any questions or post information, though it might be an idea to start a new thread with the soldier's details in the title.

 

David

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